May 25, 2019


It's 2019 ... and there are signs everywhere that vegan living is infiltrating the mainstream. The expansion of the vegan philosophy and way of life is unstoppable. There are public vegan-themed signs and billboards, vegan shops all over the world, vegans from all walks of life, and some proving we can accomplish great feats like climbing the highest mountains, and breaking world-records in running marathons. There's animal liberation protests and marches spanning both hemispheres. Vegan education booths on the street, and vegan fairs and festivals are taking place globally. Vegans, or the word vegan, is on TV everyday in the U.S.A.  Plant-based meat, cheese, and ice cream are taking off and more and more non-vegan food companies are adding a line of vegan products. All this and more is conveyed within this photo collection: The Rise of Veganism.  

Bristol U.K. has 2 Chilled Vegan Vending Machines called 'Vegan Vend'
Nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, Swedish schoolgirl; Greta Thunberg 
is a climate activist. In May 2019, at the age of 16, she was featured on the 
cover of Time magazine, and became Time Magazine's 'Person of the Year'.
She adopted a vegan diet as part of her fight for halting climate change 
and inspired many, including her parents. 
Vegan Information Project takes to the streets of Dublin, Ireland 
with grassroots activism. Roger Yates, a long term vegan since 1979,
and a professor of sociology, is part of the group. 

Britain's Fiona Oakes is a long-term vegan and holds 4 world records in 
extreme marathon running, including the World Record for running a 
marathon on every continent. She is the subject of a new documentary;
'Running for Good', focusing on her 155 mile run through the
Sahara Desert. Fiona runs to draw attention to the suffering of animals. 
She owns the Tower Hill Stables; a sanctuary and home to 
450 rescued animals in her care. 

VeganLand has 4 Locations in Prague, Czech Republic. 
restaurant and store with the task to increase the percentage of vegans, 
and try non-violently, lovingly and morally to expand the vegan concept. 
Veganland will always be on the side of peace and compassion.

Bahrain, Egypt's Vegan Cafe 

Uruguay, South America -  Thousands turned up for the first
animal liberation march in Montevideo; Nov. 2018.

A 'Vegans for Peace' Woman holds an Intersectional Message Sign
at a 
Protest in Raleigh, North Carolina. 

The U.K.'s Official Animal Rights March, organized by Surge, 
is a growing march. In 2018, there were 28,000+ attendees marching,
 in 25 cities worldwide, for the end of animal oppression. 

Denmark Greenpeace protester

9th National Animal Rights Day, June 2, 2019, was held in 35 cities worldwide.

Italian bodybuilder Massimo Brunaccioni went vegan for the animals.
 He competes in international bodybuilding tournaments.
He placed 1st and 2nd 
in major national tournaments. 

Seoul, South Korea hosted their 5th Vegan Festival, in 2018.

Women’s History Month was celebrated in Portland
with a women’s right’s march  
where vegan animal rights protesters
joined in to be a voice for all females

Mark Cuban of Television's Shark Tank invests $550,00 in vegan,
dog treats by Wild Earth. They're made with koji;
a clean protein source containing 
the 10 essential amino acids that dogs need. 
Wild Earth's CEO; 
Ryan Bethencourt,
even brought two (vegan) dogs to the show.

Ethan Brown, Founder and CEO of  Vegan Meat-Substitute: 'Beyond Meat'
rings the opening bell at the company's initial public offering at the Nasdaq MarketSite
in New York, on May 2, 2019...with a record-breaking day showing
that people want to invest in this change to vegan-meat.

Vegan Comedian; Preacher Lawson is a finalist on
America's Got Talent; The Champions.

He mentions that he's vegan during his act, and rips off his shirt at the end,
his beautiful vegan body!  

BeFairBeVegan billboard over Times Square, New York City. The campaign
was launched by Joanna Lucas (in New York City) and has since gone live to Tasmania 
and Melbourne, Australia, Cleveland, Seattle, Connecticut, St. Johns, Newfoundland, 
and upcoming in Toronto. Anyone who can raise the funds
can bring a 'BeFairBeVegan' campaign to their area.
Hong Kong, CHINA: Green Common, opens a Vegan cafe within a food court.

Buenos Aires, Argentina - Zoo Graffiti 

Ireland - 2019 New Year's Resolution Campaign from GoVeganWorld; 
a public vegan advertising campaign. 

Germany - The Vegan Rainbow Project - Mechanisms of oppression such as 
homophobia, transphobia, sexism, racism, classism, and speciesism, work in 
similar ways, are interconnected and therefore must be combated together.
The Vegan Rainbow Project 
wants to draw attention to and explore these
interconnections of oppression. They 
aim to build networks
in the joint struggle for the liberation of all beings.

London's Hilton Bankside designed a Vegan Suite, with pineapple leather, 
eco-cotton carpet, and a plant-based key card, vegan toiletries, a vegan 
minibar and in-room menu. Even the stationary and pens/pencils have no 
animal ingredients. And the housekeeping crew uses cleaners that
are plant-based and not tested on animals, such as 'Method'. 

Vegans is the first all-vegan supermarket chain in Europe. 
The Veganz chain was founded in 2011 in Germany by Jan Bredack. 
The company motto is "Wir lieben Leben" (we love life).  
There's 3 branches in Berlin and 2 more in Germany.  
Outside of Germany, there's branches in Prague (Czech Republic), 
and Vienna (Austria), with plans to expand to London and Portland.

In April 2019, Vegan Activists "cause chaos" with coordinated protests across the 
country. They were trying to bring attention to the new documentary 'Dominion' 
that shows footage inside Australia's abattoirs. There were large organized protests
 in Sydney, Melbourne, and Queensland; blocking streets and walking into abattoirs.
Australian protesters disrupted the streets and carried signs telling the public
to watch Dominion; a film on 
the treatment of animals in Australia,
narrated by celebrities such as Joaquin Phoenix, 
Rooney Mara, Sia ...
Dominion has been viewed 55,000 times in 
the 48 hours after the protests. 
Senator Corey Booker and 20/20 Presidential hopeful is enjoying a vegan
burger from Atlanta's 'Slutty Vegan'. 
Texan; Renee King-Sonnen, formerly had a cattle ranch, turned vegan, and founded
Rowdy Girl Sanctuary; where the cows now live in sanctuary. 

Montreal, Canada - Gusta Food company makes vegan sausages, cheese, burgers,
 and kebabs. They also serve brunch food, and breakfast burritos with scrambled tofu.
Berlin Germany reportedly has many vegans, and they can enjoy Kiez vegan
coffee shop with delicious vegan pastries and food. The coffee is fair-trade.

Los Angeles airport welcomed its first dedicated plant-based eatery, Real Foods Daily;
 a well-established small chain in L.A., is also in the American Airlines Terminal 4.

JAPAN, on April 21, 2019, a Vegan Gourmet Festival was celebrated in Kiba Park, 
a thriving event space in Koto City, Tokyo.
Russian March for Animal Rights in 2019

Australian Mountaineer; Dean Maher easily climbed to the top of Nepal's
Himalayan mountain which rises 7,126 meters high. His equipment was 100% vegan.
He carried the Vegan Flag, which he proudly waved when he reached the peak
of the Himlung Himal mountain in the Himalaya range. 
Jewish and Arab Animal Rights Protesters join;
holding up signs in Hebrew and Arabic.

Emirates Airlines serves over 20,000 vegan meals in January 2019.

New Zealand is home of the lovely Vegan-Organic Garden
in Palmerston North, 
grown by Fiona Harman. 

Tel Aviv, Israel - A large billboard calling for compassion
for cows and calves exploited in the dairy industry. 

American Award-Winning Actor, Activist, and 40 year vegan; Joaquin Phoenix 
is giving water to animals about to be slaughtered, at a vigil in California. 

London's Unity Diner Wall Mural. ~ Unity Diner is 100% Vegan 
and located in the thriving region of Hoxton, London. 
It's Non-Profit; all proceeds fund the Animal Rights Organization; SURGE. 
It is co-founded by popular activist; Ed Winters known as 'Earthling Ed' 
who helps organize the official animal rights march, where he speaks. 
He also speaks on TV, and recently did a TEDx Talk. 

Glasgow, Scotland - Michelle; owner of  Picnic Vegan Restaurant and Deli

On March 1, 2018, a group of adventurers climbed Mount Kilimanjaro 
on the first all-vegan expedition to Africa’s highest peak; some say the tallest 
free-standing mountain in the world. Of the team, 14 made it to the summit.
The first group
unfurled the Vegan Kilimanjaro banner promoting
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine's Medical Center, 
the world's
first plant-based medical facility. 

New Delhi India, March 2019 - Animal Rights Activists stage Peaceful Demonstration, 
‘Call For Justice’ As Part of Vegan India Movement

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida - Vegan Fine Foods store and restaurant
is 100% 
vegan; no sugar from bone char, strictly vegan. 

Budapest, Hungary's Vegan Street Food Caravan

Los Angeles hosts and boasts the largest vegan festival: 'Vegan Street Fair'

Hong Kong - One Vegan Shop is stocked with 'Sheese', 
 (vegan cheese imported from the U.K.), and cruelty-free pet food. 

Athens, Greece - 2019 Protest for Animals (lamb slaughter)

U.K. Animal Rights March organized by SURGE,
is growing worldwide. 

Jews and Arabs march together for Animal Rights

Buenos Aires, Argentina "Animal Rights Street-Art"
displaying sorrow  
about Argentina's mass production of "beef".

Melbourne, Australia's Vegan Vending Machine

Mexico City is home to Vegan Inc.

Edmonton, Canada - March to End Speciesism 
World Day for the end of Speciesism (WoDES) invites
animal-rights groups around the globe 
to organize events
highlighting speciesist discrimination and demanding that 

the interests of animals be fully protected. 

Prague, Czech Republic Vegan Healthy Store

Havana Cuba - April 2019 - Activists march against cruelty to animals,
in what is 
thought to be the first independent protest allowed in the country.

Ireland's largest and longest-running Vegan Advertising Campaign:
Go Vegan World

Amsterdam's Vegan Junk Food Bar (restaurant) has 4 locations.

Madrid, Spain Animal Rights Activists
getting the public's attention; 
in Puerta del Sol.

Budapest, Hungary; home to the 'Vegan-Love' Vegan Street Food Eatery

Cape Town, Africa Animal Rights Protest

Brussels, Belgium's Vegan Street Fair

Allentown, PA. - The owners of the 'Vegan Butcher Shop' opened in 2019.

Wellington, New Zealand is where this Billboard was spotted. 

Ho-Chi-Min City, Vietnam ~ Halo Vegan Cafe (Be-Vegan-Make-Peace)

Moscow, Russian Vegan Cafe

France protest - Justice pour del animoux (Justice for the animals)

Ireland's 'GoVeganWorld' Campaign Bus Ad

Berkeley, California - May, 2019 - activists protesting a "butcher" shop.
Veganz Vegan Ice Cream Stand

Ireland bus ad

Coconut Grove, Miami has the world's first unified plant-based enterprises
called The vShops; bringing the finest tasting, ethically-sourced vegan foods, drinks, 
and desserts 
in one vegan food hall.  This pioneering and trend-setting 2019 manifestation
consists of 
an Ice Dream Parlor, Choices Cafe, Next Generation Vegan Pizzeria, Neos 
Smoothies, a Bakery, Southern Sol Garden BBQ, and Morning Glory Organic Coffee. 

Paris, France March to Close All Abattoirs (slaughterhouses), May 2019

Torre Washington; world-renowned vegan bodybuilder;
vegetarian since birth and vegan since 1998.
Featured on the cover of GQ 
His muscle is made 
from healthy vegan food; no protein supplements. 
His protein sources are seeds, nuts, legumes, tempeh and tofu.
2009, he competes against non-vegans and places.
He is vegan 
for the animals (and the planet). 

Manhattan, New York's 'Moo Shoes' - An all vegan shoe
and accessory shop for both women and men. 

Toronto, Canada - March to Close All Slaughterhouses.  

Austin, TX. - Rabbit Food Grocery; all-vegan store moves/expands, 2019. 

April 2019 - Thousands of protesters march for animal rights in Hong Kong.
were surprised by the number of people who showed up for the
rally that ended 
outside government headquarters.

60 'Dairy is Scary' massive billboards were put up throughout L.A.
The IDA campaign is trying to get people to watch YouTuber; Erin Janus's
video called 'Dairy is Scary', which you can see by clicking HERE

Philadelphia - 2019, 20th Street Pizza is a New, All-Vegan Pizza Slice Shop 

Berlin, Germany - located in the East Side Mall food court. 
They sell the 'Beyond Burger and more. 

Bangkok, Thailand - Veganerie - 100% vegan bakery and cafe with 3 locations 

Finland's Vegan store; Vegekauppa; 3 locations; Helsinki, Tampere, and Turku

Pune, India - Animal Liberation March - May 2019. Above and Below. 

10,000 Attendees take over Grant Park for Chicago's
VEGAN Food and Drink Festival.

Tokyo, Japan - Vegans Protest on June 1st, 2019.

Rome, Italy - Vegan Store; Stall 83 in the market of Testaccio;
selling takeaway 
vegan street food, plus cruelty-free cosmetics and products.

Animal-Friends Croatia march through the capital Zagreb, Croatia.

Zurich, Switzerland - Paid advertisement in biggest train station. 
Translation: Your steak; my life. Live vegan! 

Toronto, Canada - Vegandale and its unapologetic messaging 
works to make animal exploitation a thing of the past. 
Their motto is "Morality on Tap". Full bar, Vegan American Comfort Food.

  June 2, 2019 -  The 9th annual National Animal Rights Day took place in over 35 cities 
around the world, in countries as far reaching as India, China and Australia. 

Vienna, Austria ~ Veggiezz; a totally vegan chain of restaurants in Vienna.

London's completely vegan chocolate shop; Copperhouse. The owner took over
a previous restaurant and made it completely vegan in April 2019. They
have a small menu, as well as many chocolate offerings.

 Bruges, Belgium Vegan B and B; includes vegan breakfast and vegan soap,
June 2019. 

Madrid, Spain - Animal rights activists from Igualdad Animal (Animal Equality)
hold up pictures during a demonstration to protest treatment of animals and
draw attention to International Animal Rights Day. 

Nairobi, Kenya, Africa's One-Stop 100% Vegan Shopping; order online and delivered. 

VeganBurg, the world’s first 100% plant-based burger joint was founded on
October 10, 2010 in 
San Francisco, and in 2019 a franchise was opened in Singapore. 

1,200+ people at the Animal Liberation March in San Francisco on June 1, 2019.

Nepal Animal Liberation March

Cairo, Egypt is home to The Vegan Kitchen; owned by Yasmin and Alaa.

Croatia, April 2019 March for Animals

Valencia, Spain Animal Rights March 2019

U.K. ~ Vegan Organic Network


  1. “It is rare that a single choice of ours can have a broad and decisive impact on the climate crisis. We have a moral imperative to choose and advocate for plant-based diets for the health of our planet and the well-being and survival of generations to come.”
    ~ George C. Wang, M.D., Ph.D. is an integrative medicine physician, assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University Medical Center, and adjunct assistant professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

    "Adopting a plant-based diet is one of the most powerful choices an individual can make in mitigating environmental degradation and depletion of Earth's natural resources." ~ National Academy of Sciences

    “If cattle and dairy cows were a country, they would have more greenhouse gas emissions than the entire EU 28.” ~ Steven Chu, President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, former Energy Secretary, Nobel Prize winning physicist

    "The only way to have a truly sustainable diet is to eat more plant-based foods and less meat and dairy. All this new research shows that we don’t have a choice — there simply isn’t the land to feed the U.S. or the world any other way." Center for Biological Diversity

    “A vegan diet is probably the single biggest way to reduce your impact on planet Earth, not just greenhouse gases, but global acidification, eutrophication, land use and water use... It is far bigger than cutting down on your flights or buying an electric car." Joseph Poore, University of Oxford, Department of Zoology and the School of Geography and Environment

    "A 1% reduction in world-wide meat intake has the same benefit as a three trillion-dollar investment in solar energy." ~ Chris Mentzel, CEO of Clean Energy

    "As environmental science has advanced, it has become apparent that the human appetite for animal flesh is a driving force behind virtually every major category of environmental damage now threatening the human future: deforestation, erosion, fresh water scarcity, air and water pollution, climate change, biodiversity loss, social injustice, the destabilization of communities, and the spread of disease." Worldwatch Institute, "Is Meat Sustainable?"

    “If every American skipped one meal of chicken per week and substituted vegetables and grains... the carbon dioxide savings would be the same as taking more than half a million cars off of U.S. roads.” Environmental Defense Fund

    "However they are achieved, plant-based diets are a compelling win-win for society... Few climate solutions of this magnitude lie in the hands of individuals or are as close as the dinner plate." ~ Paul Hawken, environmentalist, entrepreneur, author and activist

  2. Not sure how to do this, or if I'm doing this right. My name is Brook Katz and this is my sister's blog. It is because of her that I am vegan for 32 years now. We approach the subject from two different sides. I am the science side who sees the logic and reasoning of it all, and she is the compassionate and ethical side. What is amazing is how much we have been able to open up to each other's points of view. It just seems that in the case of veganism, there really isn't a side. I compare veganism to a bicycle tire. There are no sides because it is round. (Like this planet) Veganism is the hub of the tire with many different ways of reaching it, and from any direction. There is no right or wrong way to get to the hub, and once there, your are then connected to every other tire spoke. Veganism connects us all in ways we never would have thought.

    My sister's blog really expressed this. I travel a lot, and I see it in almost every place I go now. 32 years ago no one even knew the word, much less have an establishment. Heck, in those days just finding a "health food store" meant driving to another city or town. Now it's becoming common place as her blog shows. People ask, "What can I do? I'm just one person!" Well it seems there are a lot of "One persons" and collectively we can make a difference and maybe still save this beautiful world in which we ALL live.

    I'm headed to the Dominican Republic in a few days and we'll see what the consciousness is there. Hopefully the mangoes will be ready mmmmmmmm.

    Thanks sis for encouraging people

  3. I don't actually see it like my brother (as per his comment above). One can be led to a plant diet via personal or planetary health...but that's not veganism. Veganism is a way of life, it extends beyond diet, and it seeks to exclude as far as possible, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals; for food, clothing, toiletries, entertainment, or for any reason.

  4. Phenomenal array of compelling photos, Butterflies. Seeing is believing. Thank you SO MUCH for your devotion to veganism, which is, as you point out, a way of life that extends beyond one's diet.

    I'd like to add to the conversation my "extended application" of the universally known and respected moral and ethical precept that Christians, in particular, call "The Golden Rule."

    There are over 2 billion Christians, and over 5 billion religious and spiritual people; the great majority of people on Earth -- more than enough to "move the needle" towards the vegan lifestyle. Such a move is clearly justified by the expansion of "The Golden Rule" to include ALL sentient beings, both humans and non-humans alike. As is noted in one of the photos you posted, we are ALL animals (humans are members of Kingdom Animalia).

    Here's my version of "The GR": Do for others, either directly or indirectly, what you would want done for you." And, "Don't do to others, either directly or indirectly, what you wouldn't want done to you."

    This version is simple and it essentially covers all the bases. The word "others" means all others -- all sentient beings. The word indirectly can be used, for example, to point out that if a person isn't willing to kill an animal him/herself, then he/she shouldn't feel comfortable in going to "the meat case" in the grocery store, to buy the dead animal flesh that someone(s) else put there for purchase.

    Here's to all of us moving towards living what we might call "the higher and better expansion" of our ever-present "Golden Rule" -- the one we've always known -- the one we profess to both believe in and live by.

    Craig Cline

  5. hi, thanks for sharing, its awesome, the best i liked of cuba havana, moscow and miami,

    Much Happening in India ( ahimsa followers ) China ( buddhism & new gen) , also in Dubai . I am Dreamer and i know i am not alone.
    Metta for all


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